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Zelda, RHOA, RHEXAJ: From Rescued Dog To Agility Champion by Alex Preiss
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Island Of Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii

My wife and I decided we wanted to have a dog, but because we were living in a condominium with a no-pet policy, we worked for five years to convince the board to change the rules. Zelda paved the way for many more happy dogs and cats now living in our building. As soon as we got permission, we went to the Hawaiian Humane Society in Honolulu, and found our perfect dog. At the pound, one little white dog with a black spot around her eye and back, jumped on top of her kennel-mate to get our attention. And she kept our complete attention for over 10 years.

After graduating from obedience training, Zelda found her true calling, training and competing in dog agility competitions. She really was a true star. She was fast and talented, and she just sparkled! Everyone could see how much she LOVED the game. She enjoyed receiving each and every one of her plush toy trophies — mainly to show off to the other dogs. In total, Zelda won 17 competitions and 5 titles. Being awarded “Excellent,” she retired to enjoy life at the beach.

Last year, we were heartbroken when Zelda was suddenly diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, a type of canine cancer. We had ten days of oxygen tanks, chemo-therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, and blood transfusions — in between sitting and petting, resting in the park, and finally realizing we would have to say good-bye. We still miss her terribly. She was an exceptional dog.

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Winner: A Different Angle!!! ChallengePaws’n Claws All Animals Group
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Winner: Members only – PET Calendar’s $V ChallengeCALENDAR SHOP Group
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Winner: Dogs Who Rock ChallengeDOGGIE & KITTY PARADISE Group
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Winner: Your Favourit image of your Pet august 2011 ChallengeCute – Mutts ….. For all your stunning Doggy images Group
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Winner: Canines ChallengeThe Power Of Photography Group
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Placed in Top 10: Animals in action Challenge – The Weekend Photographer Group

Placed in Top 10: Jumping around the world! Challenge – Around The World Group

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Placed in Top 10: Jump! Challenge – Mood & Ambi(e)nce Group

Placed in Top 10: This Is My Pet!!! Challenge – Around The World Group

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Placed in Top 10: Rescue Dogs Challenge – Cute – Mutts Group

Placed in Top 10: Pets (yours or anyone else’s) Challenge – Cute – Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends – High Quality Photography and Art Group

Placed in Top 10: Your Nude Pets Challenge – Amazing Animal Creativity Group

Placed in Top 10: Challenge of the Year Challenge – Cute – Mutts For all your stunning Doggy images Group

Placed in Top 10: Furry Friends Challenge – The Power of Photography Group

Placed in Top 10: Dogs having Fun Challenge – Dogs of any Breed style age colour Group

Placed in Top 10: Low AND Wide Angle Challenge – Low Angle Photography Group

Placed in Top 10: Animals On The Move Challenge – Eye Contact Group
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  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 4 years ago

    brilliant viewpoint!!!

  • Thanks so much, Maggie. Zelda is a great athlete.

    – Alex Preiss

  • Sarah Jennings
    Sarah Jenningsover 4 years ago

    WOW, this is amazing… how ever did you manage to get this. Brilliant point of view and spectacular colours.

  • Thanks so much for your compliments, Sarah. I was laying down on the ground, slightly down hill from the jump, when I took this shot.

    – Alex Preiss

  • Brian Edworthy
    Brian Edworthyover 4 years ago

    Getting low is often a winner! And this is a great one

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much, Kimba.

    – Alex Preiss

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresserover 4 years ago

    Brilliant.

    Hope you got out of the way!

    Dave

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Superb shot- congratulations!

  • NinaF
    NinaFover 4 years ago

    Great shot! What breed is she? Looks a lot like my dog :)

  • Thanks so much, NinaF. Zelda is an Mix Australian Heeler and Lab.
    44lb.

    – Alex Preiss

  • NinaF
    NinaFover 4 years ago

    Ah, ours is no doubt heeler too , maybe lab or treeing mountain feist as she’s squirrel crazy.. likely close to 40lb
    http://www.redbubble.com/people/ninaf/art/48369...
    Thats her :) shes got spots & dots everywhere too

  • Christine Oakley
    Christine Oakleyover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your top ten placing in the Jumping Around The World Challenge

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Alex!

  • Thanks so much for the compliments. I truly appreciate it.

    – Alex Preiss

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